The announcement was made on the steps of the state capitol, hosted by Governor Lincoln Chafee. JetBlue CEO David Barger was there to deliver the good news. T.F. Green had been holding discussions with the airline for almost 10 years about starting service.
The new flights will be the 75th destination for the New York City based airline. It currently flies to Boston, Burlington, VT., Hartford, CT., and Portland, Maine with seasonal service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket airports in New England.
Two daily flights will be offered to Orlando and one daily flight to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport. To celebrate jetBlue’s 75th destination, fares can be booked for as little as $75 each way through August 1 with travel between November 29 and December 12.
The entrance of jetBlue into the Rhode Island market sets up an interesting battle with low-cost Southwest Airlines, which has the majority of flights to Florida at Green Airport and other destinations.
In an interview after the announcement, Barger praised the cooperation of Rhode Island officials "
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Twice daily flights to Orlando, Fla. and daily service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to begin Nov. 29, 2012 - - Book sale fares as low as $75 today through Aug. ... “The addition of JetBlue will have positive effects throughout the state: T.F. Green ...Read more